Bottle management systems provide stability and positive control to moving containers in an automatic filling line as well as providing for an efficient collection platform for final packoff. Turntable unscramblers and bulk bottle unscramblers are used on the front feed side of the line to continuously feed containers; turntable accumulators, bidirectional tables, and static work tables are used to collect and packoff the finished product as well as aid in overflow management of containers during line stoppages.
Turntables are used not only for empty and full bottle management in filling lines but also for accumulation of many types of products in a host of packaging and manufacturing systems. Inline Filling Systems builds standard and custom turntables in many sizes and contact materials and includes not only flat surfaces but also specialty molded parabolic shapes.
Bulk bottle unscramblers accept a bulk quantity of randomly placed bottles in the feed hopper. The machine then sorts the bottles and places them on the discharge conveyor right side up at a speed that is matched with the bottling line.
Bidirectional tables have dual purposes; they can be used for unscrambling, accumulating or a combination of both functions midstream in a packaging line. A bidirectional table can allow for the temporary accumulation of containers midstream in a line while a stoppage is corrected downstream without having to stop the line. An example of this is the ability to change a label roll on a labeling machine without shutting down any of the upstream operations.
Accumulation tables are used to both feed and accumulate containers. They are useful for packaging lines that are feeding or collecting very large containers or are collecting finished containers at very high speed. They can be designed to run continuously or “index” intermittently to order to collect rows of containers in an organized manner for packoff.
Inline filling systems has mastered the art and science of precise container and bottle handling with many specialized designs of gating systems, gripper assemblies, timing screws, transporters, starwheels, etc. This expertise is critical because many bottles are generally unstable on a moving conveyor. The faster the conveyor line runs, even “good” bottles become more unstable. Instability and imprecise movement of containers means packaging downtime and lost profits. Click on the link below to see examples and videos of these handling systems.
Slide trays and work tables aid in manual feeding, positioning and packing off of containers in both automatic and semi-automatic systems. They can also be used as a stable and mobile mounting surface for complete semi-automatic packaging systems (as shown). IFS designs and fabricates exactly the right workspace for both automatic and semiautomatic turnkey liquid filling systems.